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Letter to the Editor - July 26

July 26, 2013

Equality debate has gotten out of hand

To the editor:

There is a difference between cultures of white people and black people. Does that make them any less “equal?” Do they need to all dress alike and behave alike in order to be “equal?” Do we respect and embrace the differences? Or do we strive to erase them?

I refuse to believe that the majority of black people are bad, just like I refuse to believe that the majority of white people are good. Each person is either good or bad based on the choices they make — nothing more, nothing less. I happen to love the differences. It adds depth and beauty to America. I choose to listen to the wise words of Bill Cosby, Clarence Thompson and Thomas Sowell, all black men who have shown that race has nothing to do with success or failure. Yes, they did have their own challenges in reaching their goals, but everyone does.

I believe that those who strive to keep the race issue alive and well, all in the name of “equality,” do more harm than good. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are more to blame for the race wars than any other force, because they keep the spotlight shining on the races instead of shining the spotlight on personal choices and accomplishments. For every gang-banger, there is at least one upstanding young man or woman working to build their community. Where are their spotlights? Where are their pats on the backs and thank-yous?

I also believe that Sharpton and Jackson need racism to remain alive and well, not just for money but for their sense of heroism and worth. They need to keep this fire hot so they can be the hero who puts the fire out, much like the firefighter who is an arsonist. They feel powerful when fighting this fight, and if the fight ends, so does their power and sense of worth. Frankly, I find that to be very sad.

Mike Hebert
Hagerstown

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